Going Home

Sometimes when your life gets chaotic you just need to go home and hang out with your mom.

This weekend I went to go visit my mom, friends and family in the high desert. It been a year since I have gone home and it seems like a lot changed. There are new restaurant’s, grocery stores and schools that they recently built.

I wanted my trip home to be relaxing so I only planned to see my family. It has felt like years since I last seen them. So it was so nice catching up with them and having those moments when we are dying of laughter.

I also got to catch up with one of my old friends from middle school. She is one of the few friends that I decided to keep in contact with. The crazy part of it all is that we picked up right where we left off. We talked about what is going on with our lives and I caught her up with what our friends are up to now. My favorite part of our whole conversation was the old photos she brought of us. She showed me a photobooth photo strip that we had taken a long time ago.


I saw a photo of a young girl who was confident, happy and not afraid to be herself. As years went by that person was hidden away. The opinions of others made me want to reel that personality in. So I became quiet, shy and invisible so I would never stand out again. It that same reason why I hate people staring or looking at me.

After the weekend was over I was sad to leave. My home city is relaxed and so chill that time feels like its going by slow. When I’m in the living room watching my mom shows with her, my sister and our cats; it feels like I have never left. Saying goodbye to everyone was hard especially because I don’t know the next time I will see them. So I made two important goals that I want to work on and that is keeping contact with my family better. The second one is bring that person I hid away from people back. I want to radiate the confidence, happiness and personality my 12 year old self shared willingly with others. It won’t be easy and there will be a lot of walls that need to get knocked down in order for that to happen. But I’m willing to put in all the time and energy into it.

Erika

My Etsy Favorites

Everyday I get an email from Etsy about what is currently trending. I, of course cannot resist opening up each category and finding new things to like. If you are not already famailar with Etsy, it is a online store that connects you to small business owners.You can buy things that are unique like phone cases, craft supplies, shoes, jewelry, etc… Today I want to show you my top 10 Esty finds for the month.

  DubuDumo

These are adorable! The bottom only has 3/4 flaps, so taping it together is a bit tricky, but once finished… These are perfect foe myself and gift-giving!

Cat Sticky Note [ 5Types ] / Kitty Sticky Note / Bookmark

$3.50

 SavvieStudio

Since I grew up in the High Desert, I love cactus. This snazzy iphone case is an amazing DIY that you show off everyday. The case itself is very sturdy, which is why I love it. The silicon siding fits snugly around your phone and makes it shock resistant if ever dropped. The wood is sanded down and sealed to prevent scratches.

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$40.00

  BluntNeedle

If you love watercolor painting as much as I do, you should check out this shop. If you want something specific they take custom orders, so if there is a different style in mind feel free to ask.

four

$4.09

 BaobapHandmade

These earrings are made to order. They are completely embroidered by hand onto black cotton fabric with %100 cotton DMC threads. They make great gifts!

Hand embroidered ' Mini Space' Earrings by İrem Yazıcı

$20.00

  iSkelterProducts

The Slate mobile lapdesk is cut from a block of pure, premium bamboo. It’s ultra lightweight, super strong, and it will absorb the heat from your laptop. The curves, air ventilation, and docking station are chiseled, hand-sanded, and polished to mirror the feeling of glass. A super thick and heavy duty mouse pad is installed and sits flush against the surface of the slate.

LapDesk SALE - Slate Mobile LapDesk - A perfect gift for anyone with a laptop - Your Essential Laptop Desk

$59.99

 TechTattz

Kitten USB Charger Decal Skin Wrap Sticker. Made out of vinyl so it makes it easier to put on and take off.

TechTattz Kitten USB Charger Decal Skin Wrap Sticker

$3.50

  kriski

Getting ready for going back to school. You should check out these illustrated, graphic notebooks. Each book has 48 inner pages, which are 80gsm recycled off-white paper and are left blank for writing or sketching.

Sketchbook / Notebook x 3 Pack - 'Wild Ideas'

$7.95

  FULLMOONJEWELLERY

I love jewelry that you can personalize. This cute stackable ring comes in silver, 14k Rose Gold and Gold.

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$15.00

  YeahBunny
Cute ” Dogs Attack ” – Frenchie, Pug pattern on a white cotton t-shirt. It is cut so that it is longer than the standard t-shirts.

$45.00

  BakuForestStudios

This necklace combines my two favorite things; cats and skeletons.”Perfect for Halloween, a vet, unusual jewelry lovers, morbid cat owners or anyone who likes wearing bones around their necks!”

$27.83

I have been thinking about making this either a weekly or monthly post. Let me know what you guys think. Feel free to like, share and follow me. Links are located on the right 🙂